Manson B. Johnson II, the celebrated pastor of the Holman Street Baptist Church and a notable Third Ward figure, died Sunday morning of complications from COVID-19, according to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office. He was 71.
Johnson led the church for 43 years and made a name for himself as he pushed for economic development in Third Ward, a historically black neighborhood in Houston.
“We find strength in knowing that to be absent from the body is to be present with God,” the church wrote in a Facebook post.
U.S. Reps. Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee also extended their condolences to Johnson’s family.
“May he rest in peace and we continue his legacy of prayer, praise and service,” Green wrote.
“He had a passion for truth and fought to create opportunities for vulnerable people,” Jackson Lee tweeted.
The pastor delivered a recorded sermon for Holman Street Baptist Church’s 10:30 a.m. worship service before church officials announced his death on social media.
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Source: Houston Chronicle